Dr. Maria Katsamanis has received worldwide recognition as a horse trainer, clinician, exhibition rider, and author.
With a doctoral degree in clinical psychology, Dr. Maria uses her education as a clinical scientist to help demystify and explain the elements of a magical formula that are key in establishing the ultimate connection with our horses. Her explanations of the barriers and myths that block the path between horse and rider results in freeing them both and thus makes the dance accessible to anyone regardless of age or breed. Dr. Maria is honored to be sought out as a clinician both here and abroad while continuing to maintain an appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Rutgers Medical School.
A native of Greece, the mythology and folklore around the tradition of horsemanship made a significant mark early in her life. Dr. Maria studied in Greece, France, and the United States. Her commitment to the classical tradition is longstanding and she continues to perfect her art.
Dr. Maria’s early equestrian career included working as an exercise rider for a French racing barn and had the privilege of participating as a display rider in Queen Elizabeth’s II Diamond Jubilee at Windsor Castle. She maintains a residence on the island of Crete in the town of Gergeri but resides in the United States where she maintains an active and exclusive student base in New Jersey.
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Keys to Her Training Philosophy"When art and science meet to harness the ultimate connection." - Dr. Maria Katsamanis
The training foundation is based on classical French and Greek principles. These training methods have proven successful to numerous horses and riders across various riding disciplines. These techniques can be beneficial whether your pursuit is dressage, western riding, improved jumping, driving, endurance or experiencing a safer more fulfilling trail ride.
Dr. Maria's HomebaseAmwell Ridge Farm in Ringoes, New Jersey
The farm sits on 131 preserved acres with spectacular views and miles of trails. Year round boarding, lessons and training is offered. Located within 1/2 hr from Princeton. The farm is also within commuting distance to NYC and Philadelphia.
Amwell Ridge Farm
Amwell Ridge Farm in Ringoes, New Jersey serves as Maria’s homebase where she offers training, boarding, sales and clinic services.
Maria works with riders in every discipline and with different breeds, all with identical objectives in mind- the physical and mental wellness of the horse. Dr. Maria is commitment to the welfare of the horse and she is open to working within different budgets to meet your goals.
More Details About Amwell Farm
Horses deemed as “difficult” are welcomed. Our staff is experienced with stallion handling.
Amwell Ridge Farm is the ideal setting for horse and human alike. European equestrian tradition in a pictureque country setting.
Stall Board & Field Board Available